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About Us

   About the Alcove
The Alcove is a full service store specializing in collectible dolls, bears and unique gifts. We are located in beautiful Shell Beach, California, near San Luis Obispo. We stock a large assortment of unusual gifts and collectibles and often have limited editions from previous years still available. Call us to inquire!

   The Alcove Layaway Plan
Why not use our layaway plan?

  • The plan allows you to purchase items using monthly payments.
  • We take your layaway out of our sales inventory while you pay for it.
  • A minimum of 1/3 down payment required.
  • A late charge of 2% per month (minimum $1) will be charged on all overdue balances.
  • 50% down payment required on special orders.
  • No sale or discount items accepted on layaway.
  • There is a standard 30% fee on cancelled orders. Payments on cancelled items will be held as a store credit, less any fees that may apply for use on future purchases. This non-transferrable credit must be used within 90 days of the cancellation.

   Return Policy

The Alcove Unique Gifts has a customer satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with your selection, you must call within 5 days of your receipt of the item to receive a Return Merchandise Authorization Number (RMA). The RMA number must be written on the outside of the package and the packing slip. Shipping costs will not be refunded. You will be responsible to ship and insure the item to be returned. Item must be returned in mint condition.A store credit will be given for returns less 20% - cancellation and restocking fees.

   Item Availability

Alcove Unique Gifts handles collectibles by world reknowned artists and manufacturers. Due to the hand-made nature of many of these pieces, some items shown on our web-site are available for pre-order. Manufactured pieces also have hand-made components that can delay their arrival in stock. Unless there is an item description or e-mail or web-site announcement specifically stating that an item is in stock, the item may not be in stock. If you need to verify that an item is in stock for quick delivery, or an item needs to be delivered to you by a specific date, please indicate this in the "Comments" field when you place your order, or give us a call toll free at 805-801-4875, so we can verify availability. If an item is not in stock at the time of purchase, a non refundable deposit will be charged (usually 25%) until the item arrives, at which time the balance will be charged and the item sent out.

   International Orders

The Alcove has many international customers and ships world wide every day. Additional shipping charges will apply. You should check with your country's customs/duties offices to see if you will be responsible for import fees into your country from the USA.

   Privacy Policy

Collected Information
The Alcove Unique Gifts will not share your name, address or email address with any third parties.

The Alcove Unique Gifts takes great care to ensure your personal information is kept private. We store only the minimum amount of information from you necessary to make a transaction. Your credit card information is encrypted using the highest level encryption based on our secure server.

If you request it, we will send you infrequent newsletters on new products or services we offer via email. You can request that we take you off our mailing list by setting the option in the "My Account" section of the site.

We consider information about you strictly confidential and will not make it available to anyone outside our company. Your submitted pictures will be archived in our database under your name and not shared with others.

When you log in to we place a small piece of information, a cookie, on your machine. This is necessary so that we can track your shopping cart selections between pages and that we know you are logged in to our site. None of your personal information is stored in this cookie and it is removed from your machine as soon as you logout of the site.

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 Always Greeting with a Smile!
Offical Greeters
Dotte Kreowski - Owner
Dotte Kreowski-- Owner
Marvin D. Miller, Webmaster
Marvin Miller - Webmaster

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